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From 1st-5th June in Orlando experience a huge flow of professionals from across the globe where hands on workshops, customer success stories, new product announcements, and many such activities will take place providing you the opportunity to network with peers.


DevOps for SAP remains a very vital part of this event where sessions will be held on key trends and directions that impact SAP deployment teams; such as SAP agile delivery, next generation test management for SAP, virtualization capability in integration testing of SAP, enhancing SAP Solution Manager and taking it to next level to integrate seamlessly with heterogeneous applications. This year Innovate and SAP Sapphire 2014 are running very near to each other. We hope this will provide the opportunity for you to join Innovate to understand how DevOps for SAP reduces the cost and risk of managing change in your SAP deployments.

The main attraction of DevOps for SAP will be the sessions those will be presented by IBM and SAP speakers together.  The DevOps for SAP will be delivered in detail providing the end to end approach to managing change in SAP environment. DevOps for SAP approach helps to understand elements from -how to plan and measure the changes proposed in overall IT landscape that has SAP application- to - how to develop and test the proposed SAP changes - to methodological and real time approach to -how to deploy those changes once tested and finally encircles with operations teams to monitor the changes deployed in the SAP Environment. These stages will be explored precisely in all the sessions delivered under different tracks and will give SAP practitioners and decision makers an opportunity to interact directly with subject matter experts for any queries they may have.


Workshop happens to be an undivided part of any event. Among many other workshops there will be an in-depth workshop on Rational Connector for SAP taking place at Innovate. The IBM Rational Connector for SAP Solution Manager is a joint product of IBM and SAP. It links the industry leading solutions of SAP ALM and Rational CLM to provide a heterogeneous development environment for the development and customization of SAP packaged applications. The instructor led workshop will show first steps in installing, configuring and getting started with the Rational connector for SAP Solution Manager.

We understand that effective requirements management practices have a positive impact on the success of systems and product development. As a part of our continued efforts to provide the best of industry standards to SAP users, IBM Rational and SAP will be announcing a new integration of IBM Rational and SAP products- more details on it will be announced during Innovate.

With so many things happening on one floor and when the mega SAP Sapphire event running just near to IBM Innovate event, you definitely do not want to miss this opportunity to be at Innovate 2014. We now offer the special discount to the attendees visiting SAP Sapphire Now and ASUG. You can use the discount code CP14SAP when registering for Innovate.


For more details on Innovate, visit : http://www-01.ibm.com/software/rational/innovate/

For more details on SAP sessions taking place at Innovate : IBM and SAP - Innovate 2014, IBM Technology Summit - United States

To register with special discount code at Innovate : https://www-950.ibm.com/events/wwe/innovate/inv14reg.nsf/enrollcodes?openform

Borrowing from the late great Ed Sullivan




AC_Logo_black_lores.jpgPrimarily the ASUG Volunteer meeting held this past weekend is to review and plan for ASUG Annual Conference, which this year is June 3-5 in Orlando (co-located with SAPPHIRE NOW).


Other things happen too at this meeting, including webcast planning, planning influence activities, planning chapter activities and more.


As this is the fourth or fifth year that I have helped plan conference, I try to take a step back and ask, what could I have done better?


Looking back, it is the usual – I wish I would have had time to look at and incorporate everyone’s feedback into ASUG Annual Conference.  Some of that fell short this past week as I spent extra time shoveling snow around my house.  I look forward to the day when I am not *dreaming* of these spreadsheets.


The call for abstracts was open the week of December 2nd, officially closed on January 10th, and was extended to January 14th.  This resulted in over 2,134 abstracts submitted in total.  Of this, Lumira shows us the top 5 topic areas submitted for abstracts


Top 5 Topic Areas of Abstracts submitted


BITI and BI are sharing the HANA Technology track, so overall between BITI and BI received 39% of the overall submissions.  I also believe BITI had sessions classified in other tracks, so the percentage could be more.  Therefore the teams cannot wait until meeting in January to plan session selections.  A lot of pre-planning occurs ahead of time.



So from January 15-23 time was spent reviewing abstracts and determining what may have been missed. Did

enough customers submit?  Was a topic or roadmap missing?  Did the abstract get classified in the right topic area?


I am grateful to ASUG HQ for obtaining a planning room the day before the volunteer meeting for both BI and BITI teams to begin work.


Day 1, Friday

Organize the abstract labels and place the desired abstracts on post-it notes


Then post them on the wall (see below for BITI image) to schedule


Photo of BITI Planned sessions by @ASUG_Michigan

Day 2, Saturday

Continue with Day 1 activities and discuss abstracts selected, not selected

Other teams come around to see what has been selected, and what is not selected

At the end of the day, manually transfer the session numbers to spreadsheet

Also during this time


Discuss upcoming webcasts and which team will do what


Photo by Isabelle Nuage, SAP


While the conference begins on June 3rd, it really begins for ASUG on June 2nd.  On this day ASUG will have (subject to change) pre-conference sessions covering BI, HANA, SuccessFactors, Solution Manager, and more.  So save the date today


Note of Gratitude

Special thanks to our ASUG volunteers who spend their own time on ASUG without pay or expectation. The same holds true for great SAP points of contact Ingo Hilgefort, Peter McNulty and Ina Felsheim


Finally I am grateful to SAP Mentor  Joyce Butler for coming extra early on Friday to help.  Thanks to all the ASUG volunteers who helped this weekend.


Everyone was working towards the same goal – provide the best content possible at ASUG Annual Conference.  The planned content is excellent - see you there, maybe?


Are you interested in speaking at 2014 ASUG Annual Conference?

As an active participant in SAP (and possibly ASUG events), you know the value of the customer-driven education that only ASUG can provide.  Share your insights, expertise, and experience at 2014 ASUG Annual Conference, June 3-5, in Orlando, Florida



This is another valuable opportunity to showcase your expertise to an industry-wide audience and help position your company as an innovative leader.  Additionally, accepted speakers will receive complimentary conference registration (see ASUG speaker policy for conditions)


Submit your abstract at callforpresentations.asug.com by January 10, 2014 - this Friday! As ASUG365 tweets "Share your story at the world's biggest collection of SAP users! "


For additional inspiration, please see Why (and How) You Should Become an SAP TechEd Speaker by Thorsten Franz who describes speaking as a professionally rewarding experience.


We look forward to seeing you in Orlando.  If you have site questions or other questions please send them to speakers@asug.com



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Last year:

Outside the Lines of ASUG Annual Conference and SAPPHIRENOW



The deadline to submit is just two weeks away, and it is time for new year's resolutions.  Do you have some knowledge to share?  I see everyday on SCN where individuals freely share their knowledge with the community.  Consider sharing your knowledge at ASUG Annual Conference, which is June 3-5, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.


The ASUG program / tracks are listed here.  I've written tips in other blogs, but to expand even more on this, I recommend the following:


1.  Strong Title to Remember


Some session titles I remember from last year include "How to Build Your Crystal Ball" using SAP's Predictive Analysis.  Another great title came from SAP's Timo Elliott who had BI Culture Eats Technology for Breakfast.


If you are submitting a customer story, place the customer's name in the title, similar to last year's The Schwan Food Company Develops a Roadmap to Employ Data Warehousing on Enterprise HANA


2. Customer Stories


Any abstract that covers how a customer solved a business problem is a welcome abstract for a user conference.  Case studies and best practices are also welcomed.


3. Avoid


Avoid jargon and abbreviations in your abstract.  As an example, using "BOE" in an abstract may not mean all things to all people.  In a previous life, this meant "Board of Equalization".


4. Why should you submit?


I am going to copy (with attribution) the following:


"You don't need to present on "newest stuff" to get accepted....It is also a great way for you to deepen your own personal understanding of a particular topic.  Even though you may think you know a topic very well, it is amazing how building the presentations will force you to pick up every single detail as part of you research. " - Stephen Johannes


Speakers (following ASUG speaker policy) also obtain complimentary registration to one of the largest SAP events of the year.  More importantly, you build your knowledge when you present.


5. Where should I submit?


Submit your abstract here

So Don't Delay - Submit your Abstract Today" - Kristen Dennis



Don't Delay - Submit an Abstract Today - Call for Speakers for #ASUG Annual Conference #ASUG2013


Follow hashtags #ASUG2014 #SAPPHIRENOW on twitter.




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The holiday season has started, but please don't let that stop you from thinking about submitting a presentation abstract for ASUG Annual Conference.


Calling All Speakers - Annual Conference 2014

The 2014 ASUG Annual Conference will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fl, June 3-5, 2014.


The call for speakers is open until January 10, 2014. If you have a success story, lessons learned from a recent project or a lively debate that could expand into a panel or round table, please consider submitting an abstract. Speaking at the ASUG Annual Conference is an excellent way to showcase yourself, your organization and earn FREE registration to the conference.


Before the conference, training on presentation skills will be offers so don’t let the lack of public speaking experience hold you back. Draft a presentation abstract today!


To submit an abstract at the 2014 Annual Conference, please follow this link:


Annual Conference Abstract Helpful Hints


How to Impress the ASUG Volunteer Program Selection committee:

  • Start with a clever title: one that will entice your audience.
  • Cover what you’ll be discussing thoroughly, but succinctly.
  • Include at least 3 key learning points, or primary goals.
  • Make sure you state if you expect your audience to have some minimum level of experience or knowledge.


Benefits to you:

  • Professional recognition by your industry and peers
  • Complimentary registration to the number one user  event of the year


Why attend ASUG Annual Conference?

Prior attendees to ASUG Annual Conference have said they attend for the following reasons:


  • Gain knowledge regarding SAP products, services, or solutions and how they can enhance my business
  • Understand SAP's vision and strategy for the future and how it aligns with my business strategy
  • Learn how other companies are using SAP solutions to accelerate innovation, energize growth, and achieve clarity
  • Network with other attendees in any industry or line of business who have similar business issues and/or SAP solutions
  • Discover how SAP solutions address trends, resolve issues, and support best practices in any industry
  • Register today!


Could this be you, sharing your knowledge at ASUG Annual Conference next June in Orlando?

#ASUG Workflow session


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Hearing the presenters at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando and DC, it’s undisputable that big data is changing the way government operates. With the tsunami of data that the public sector is collecting, managing and storing, agencies need to be vigilant to maximize efficiency and improve service delivery through big data initiatives.


We asked Jen Morgan, President, Regulated Industries (Public Sector, Healthcare and Utilities) at SAP to help recommended five presentations from SAPPHIRE NOW that address big data challenges and other key issues. “There’s no doubt,” said Morgan, “that substantial hurdles exist. Citizens have legitimate privacy issues and nearly every public sector entity is struggling these days just to pay the bills.” Still, there was a strong, positive vibe wherever she went. “I heard some amazing stories from government luminaries and public servants in the trenches. Success is out there.


Here are five that she recommends.



Use Data Better, Faster, and Cheaper to Drive Public Value


One of the most anticipated presentations of SAPPHIRE NOW was delivered by former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith. Currently holding court at the Harvard Kennedy School, Goldsmith was not shy about voicing the unique challenges of implementing effective public sector solutions. The need is indisputable. “We won’t get the results taxpayers deserve, nor citizens require,” says Goldsmith, “until we figure out how to better manage a public sector that uses data better to hold itself and third parties accountable.” In his presentation, Goldsmith identifies what he calls “The Perfect Technology Storm” that governments find themselves in today. They include the emergence of mobile technology and cloud computing, extraordinary budget constraints, and private sector examples that cast a whole new light on what’s possible, particularly in the traditional siloes of public sector organizational structures. It’s 19 minutes well spent.



Deliver Transparent and Effective Budgets


Looking for a convincing case study for how SAP Public Budget Formulation can modernize your public sector budgeting process? It’s right here in this presentation by Pat Saffo  from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), complete with the all the classic legacy issues that drive system replacement: Heavy dependence on Microsoft Excel workbooks; multiple legacy budgeting and financial systems; labor-intensive budgeting and data-gathering processes. This is an implementation with outcomes that will warm the heart of any public sector professional. Such as improvements in revenue forecasting and resource allocation, robust reporting tools that automate much of the creation of CDOT’s yearly strategic plan, and Maintenance Levels of Service functions that allow for long-range planning (up to 40 years!) of needs for maintenance activities. Not to mention how the development of their Federally-mandated Statewide Transportation Improvement Program is “linked to the CDOT’s long-range plan to assure consistency and adherence to planning processes pursuant to state statutes.” In all, it’s one of the top success stories of the entire conference.



Innovating with Analytics in the Public Sector - Extending Beyond The Core


David Nicolaysen, who manages the platform team at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and Vineet Gupta, who is responsible for implementing SAP platforms at NCDOT, will be the first to tell you that presentations are not their core competency. What they will tell you in this comprehensive presentation, however, is a compelling story of how a department that manages over 80,000 miles of roads succeeded in “migrating to a platform for future growth and information analytics capabilities.”

How did all that work out? “SAP BW and Business Objects Dashboards provide critical IT tools for implementation of an integrated analytics and reporting program.” To hear them tell it, the migration allowed NCDOT to better focus on the kind of data quality and integration that enables meaningful reporting on a wide range of key performance indicators and operating metrics. Perhaps even more critical is the fact that their new platform paves the way (no pun intended) for future growth and increased capabilities such as Mobility and HANA. 



Gain Analytical Insight for Better Decision Making


Before this panel discussion began, you could be excused for questioning what these three disparate organizations have in common. By the end of this excellent half-hour session run by SAP’s Dante Ricci, it’s pretty clear just how powerful the latest analytics tools are in re-shaping the very nature of how these public sector entities operate.


For Jeff Weiler of Nevada’s Clark County School District (CCSD), it’s all about transparency and accountability to taxpayers and parents. To that end, CCSD has implemented “Open Book” (http://ccsd.net/district/open-book/), an online portal that, by providing every parent, citizen and taxpayer a clear, more “human” view of how their dollars are being spent, is going a long way toward overcoming the most common misconceptions and objections that plague the modern educational establishment.


For Jose Garcia, Associate Director of SAP Development and Reporting at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, the benefits of improved analytics include “smarter” IT functions, improved research capabilities and a clear path to the inevitable migration to mobile analytics and the promise of breaking down functional silos and promoting greater cross-department cooperation.


And, finally, there’s the incredibly consequential subject of Canadian national defense, about which Michael Mitchell provides excellent examples of how a vastly improved analytics platform has turned an organization that was primarily “functionally-oriented” into one that is “strategically-focused.” And how that’s left the department well-positioned to quickly determine how even the smallest changes to today’s budgets and priorities can affect projects with developmental timelines stretching 20 or 30 years into the future.


What brings all three together under one analytical roof? A secure future.


Close the Gap Between Strategy and Successful Execution


If there’s one theme that runs throughout nearly every public sector discussion, it is that of providing “transparency” to taxpayers. In that regard, we found this 15-minute presentation on the recent efforts of the City of Boston to be the model of efficiency. Implemented in stages beginning in late 2011, the full rollout of their SAP Strategy Management mobile app was achieved by June of 2012. The goal was to connect “day-to-day” operations to the higher-level strategic goals.

In his presentation, Devin Quirk, Citywide Performance Manager for the City of Boston uses the example of the always-prickly issue of permitting as his case study. By standardizing this historically cumbersome process and implementing daily reporting, the City of Boston was able—from September 2012 to March of 2013—to reduce the incidence of overdue licensing from 600 cases to a mere 13. It looks like the naysayers are going to have to find something else to shake their heads at. 


To experience these and other SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando and DC 2013 replays for the public sector, go to http://events.sap.com/account/sapphire-now-public-sector/en/home.

Matthias Ledwon, Principal Enterprise Architect for Business Transformation Services talks about his time at SAPPHIRENOW with customers in the Americas and internationally. Learn about what Matthias discussions were about in the video below:



Jake Krishnan, Chief Solution Architect for Business Transformation Services talks about his time with customers at SAPPHIRENOW. The buzz in all his discussions with customers was around enabling financial controls and readiness. Find out more in the video below:


Anand Eswaran, Executive Vice President of SAP Global Services and Eric Verniaut, COO of SAP Global Services discuss how the services industry is changing, and how customers are looking for immediate value! To achieve SAP Services engages with customers differently by using design thinking, to strategically pin point the problem and solution to provide a true end to end value.By  leveraging a combination of rapid deployment solutions, engineered services and custom development to bring the customer speed and value.


Check out this video to hear some great examples of how SAP is bringing instant value to customers by Aand Eswaran and Eric Verniaut:



Peter Russo, Senior Director of SAP Services Marketing discusses why customers should consider rapid deployment solutions. When thinking about SAP innovations: SAP HANA, cloud and mobile, rapid deployment solutions is a clear start pointing.


A rapid deployment solution allows the customer to know three things upfront:


1.       Functionality you will receive inside each solution.

2.       How long it will take to implement.

3.       How much will it cost.


Learn more about rapid deployment solutions for SAP HANA, cloud and mobile in the video below:


Fred Isbell, Senior Director of SAP Services Marketing talks about the end-to-end services story and his experience with colleagues, customers and partners at SAPPHIRENOW. Furthermore, Fred talks about how SAP consulting services helps customers run better.


Here are more of the services stories from Fred in the video below:


With over 20,000 on-site attendees and thousands more virtual participants, SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando delivered big insights and generated countless conversations.


If you caught Bob Calderoni’s talk or stopped by the Business Networks campus, you know that business networks are driving a fundamental shift in business that enables companies to reap greater productivity, collaboration and savings.


The Ariba team is in Berlin this week to showcase powerful stories from our customers about the success they are achieving through business networks.


Whether you’re in Berlin or Brisbane, join the discussions via the #AribaLIVE Twitter hashtag. Follow @Ariba for live tweets from the mainstage talks in English or @sapinfo_de for live tweets in German.


Here’s an overview of the mainstage speakers and their stories:


Robert McCartney, EADS

Tight collaboration within its supply chain is critical for EADS. Mr. McCartney will showcase how e-invoicing has improved visibility into cash flow, reduced costs and improved the financial viability of its suppliers.


Dr. Marcell Vollmer, SAP

Within a few short months, SAP leveraged Ariba solutions and the business network to extended process automation within its supply chain. Dr. Vollmer will talk about how these efforts enable SAP to drive greater collaboration with its suppliers while reducing paper and manual processes.


Peter Hobday, Atos SE

Standardizing and simplifying P2P processes has been a key focus at Atos SE since its acquisition of Siemens IT Services in 2011. Mr. Hobday will review how Atos SE is leveraging cloud-based solutions to extend the value of its SAP suite and its plans to use business networks to drive further P2P automation.


Robert Craft, IATA

IATA, the trade association representing some 240 of the world's airlines, has focused much of its efforts on making the air travel industry more efficient. Mr. Craft will discuss how industry standards and e-invoicing enable the airline industry to work more efficiently and manage cash better through turbulent times.

Blog from Wang Huan, Xi’an University of Posts and Telecommunications


SAPPHIRE NOW has ended. It is a grand event, not only is the technology of the event, more is the spirit of the event. The new technologies inspire us and new innovationssurprise us. Here is a SAP ecosystem that is creating and changing the world, leading the latest trends.


We all know that information and technology are changing people's lives, but also will change our lives forever, our lives have changed more and are totally different than before. Conference in SAPPHIRE NOW, I feel a lot, but also learned a lot from, and I told myself, I must have enough courage to pursue and step forward.



A way of thinking, including 360 Research, Synthesis, Ideation, Prototyping five steps, it allows us to discover the reality-based problems, and continuously identify the real problem and find the best solution. Customer-centered and information feedback help us to solve the problem repeatedly. This is an innovative way of thinking, I like this approach to help us deal with the problem efficiently.




This event was bagged food for African orphan, everyone has their own task, but must cooperate to complete the entire process,
someone is responsible for loading the food, someone is responsible for weighing, someone is responsible for sealing, and someone is responsible for boxing. The whole process, we are all very happy because our small action can help children who need help. Let me know, from the little things to help others, in addition, teamwork is really important.




Each keynote is wonderful and rich. Analytics, Business, Cloud, Database and Technology, Mobile, SAP Service and Support, SAP Rapid-Deployment Solutions, Design Innovation and Social Impact, Design Thinking, User Experience, SAP Runs SAP, HANA and so on. Including so many technology, and described their development and influence. These bring us to abundant life and help companies get value and innovation. SAP has been innovation, and will share with more people.




SAP provides students with many platforms, providing a lot of materials to learn, provides various competitions and activities for student to participate in,and these help us to get the latest knowledge and technology. So we can understand ourselves from these. We get more confidence, also will try our best.



This is the last part of SAPPHIRE NOW event this the wonderful celebration night, we are very thrilled and excited, we can listen to Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Bonnie Raitt concert in Amway center, is simply the most fun thing. Celebrate night was a great ending for our trip to Orlando, it makes me even more nostalgia, nostalgia excellent people who from SAP, nostalgia beautiful scenery and friendly people of Orlando, nostalgia evething what I have experienced in SAPPHIRE NOW.


Finally, I am grateful for the opportunity provided by SAP, I enjoyed a lot of the outside world exciting, but also honor to experience meeting a few days together with SAP excellent and friendly people. I became more confident, more courage to pursue excellence. If I am lucky enough, I hope that can join in SAP, and work with excellent people and then realize the value and create miracles. I know that there is a long way for we and I will achieve my dream step by step.

After the preconference and Day 1, here’s a roundup of analytics goings-on at SAPPHIRE NOW / ASUG 2013 on Day 2, with links to resources and on-demand repeats of the sessions.


Wednesday morning saw another lovely dawn over the Orlando Conference center:



The show floor had a dedicated area to show off the SAP Scouting app used by the San Francisco 49ers, powered by SAP Analytics:




And another one to show off the power of personalized medicine (SAP HANA is capable of running the algorithms required to decode DNA directly in-memory, thousands of times faster than previous techniques)




Next, it was the turn of Jim Snabe to give his keynote: “Over millions of years, nature has proven that those who adapt best to change are those who survive”




The highlight of the session for me was Ron Dennis, Executive Chairman of McLaren, who gave an update on their SAP HANA project. McLaren are in the process of implementing it internally – to better run their business – but also with the vast amounts of telemetry data that is generated during race days.

This is how he explains the power of SAP HANA to non-techies: during each a race, McLaren harvests six and a half billion pieces of data from each of their two cars, so around 13Bn in total. This is twice the world’s population. SAP HANA is like simultaneously putting a question to twice the world’s population, and being able to get an answer back in less than a tenth of a second.


He concluded:  “It’s just an amazing tool to put in the hands of both our engineers and our management”


Fred Samson came up on stage to demonstrate the latest prototype racing dashboard, that reacts to the data in real time:




The dashboard also shows the results of SAP HANA’s sophisticated in-memory algorithms, predicting the likelihood of various different outcomes:




Jim went on to cover a wide range of topics, including healthcare: “it’s not about curing diseases, it’s about preventing diseases.”


He also talked about how in-memory can improve sustainability. “With HANA, we can predict demands, we can predict capacities, we can dynamically calculate prices, and with that, maximize the value of the energy… have an opportunity to take out the peaks in such a system: they’re the ones that cause the trouble. We estimate that in Europe alone, if you take the peaks out, we can reduce the need for raw materials in utilities by 15% without reducing the access to energy.”


Next, I attended a great, detailed session by Ty Miller on Business Objects 4.1, which went RTC at the conference.




Next, Nike did a presentation on their self-service SAP BI strategy (some more shots here)




Then there was a great presentation by Pirelli (view the recording). The company has a product called Cyber Fleet, where embedded sensors in cars beam a stream of information. Fleet managers can use this to optimize the running of their vehicles by ensuring optimal tire pressures.

In the future, Pirelli plans to federate all the data from all the different vehicles in order to offer benchmarking and other services. You can see a copy of the slides here. The initial Proof of Concept is on around 40 billion events per year generated by over half a million fleet vehicles.






Here are some quick chart examples using SAP Lumira:




Next was a panel hosted by SAP’s Vijay Vijayasankar on driving business warehouse performance, with customers including Medtronic, Synopsys, Adidas, and Marathon Oil (watch the replay). The panel covered a lot of the standard reasons for moving to BW on HANA, including speed, flexibility, and meeting business user expectations. Medtronic saw query times of five minutes go down to just a few seconds, and load times were 40-60% faster. General challenges encountered included teething problems with hardware.


Medtronic: “I used to say you should never chase performance, because you’re always going to lose, but it’s really an exponential increase in query performance”.


Adidas: Our slogan is ‘All In’. We went all in, and I think it was the right decision. We have made BW much simpler, lower cost, and faster to implement business requests.




Next, off to the Global Communications center for an Executive Q&A that had some great quote from Vishal and others (unfortunately, I do not think a recording is available, although you can watch a Q&A with SAP’s co-CEOs)


In particular, in response to a question about the big areas of opportunity, Vishal mentioned healthcare:“we’re still in a dark age of medicine where we see a doctor just once a year. We see a huge opportunity for personalized healthcare, and we believe we’re processing genomic data >400x faster than the alternatives.


Jim Snabe added that financial services has been fastest growing area for SAP three years in a row, and with the ongoing massive changes in the industry, he believes there’s a big opportunity for SAP technology to help.




In the next session I attended, Ken DeGennaro, VP NBA Information Technology explained why his organization had chosen SAP HANA over other alternatives. The goal of the project was to use “dark data” – currently unused statistics on every game since the 1960s – to create an immersive statistical experience for fans, driving deeper engagement with an easy to navigate interface, available from any device.


The NBA needed technology that was scalable and highly available, able to accept data from multiple sources, able to provide continued performance during peak usage teams (e.g. during championship finals), and capable of supporting the growth plans in the future. After looking at various solutions, including NoSQL and Microsoft Analysis services, the team found that only SAP HANA was able to support their needs.




Next I interviewed Craig Bassin, CEO of EasyAsk, one of more than 400 different startups that have chosen SAP HANA as part of their platform. EasyAsk was chosen by Gartner as one of the “Cool Vendors” in the Analytics and Business Intelligence space in 2012. The Massachusetts startup is using SAP HANA to allow enterprise customers to ask questions about ERP data verbally, in plain language, and get an immediate answer.



I hope to have time to actually post the interview soon!


And that was it for day two…

If you are interested in a premier networking event that focuses specifically on manufacturing industries, look no further than the Manufacturing Customer Value Network.  This is the ideal activity to also include your line of business and operations management teams.  The event is free of charge and will be held June 25 – 26 at the Westin Chicago Northwest. 


This forum includes 55 sessions, featuring over 35 customer presenters.  Presentations will highlight solutions including manufacturing, supply chain, procurement, sales, service, engineering, and environmental health and safety.  New innovations such as 3D visualization and mobility will also be featured.  View the full agenda >


The forum requires no registration fee, so we expect to be at capacity soon.  Please register today!


SAP would also like to thank our partner sponsors who make this event possible:


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Here’s my attempt to list some of the key analytics replays available from SAPPHIRE NOW – but there are many, many more available, so please take a look at the full list.


1. Every conference keynote had some key analytics information:

  • Bill McDermott’s panel session with the NBA, San Francisco 49ers and Under Armor about how they use analytics to improve performance and get closer to fans.
  • Jim Snabe talking with Ron Dennis of McLaren about their use of in-memory technology to store the 13Bn bits of data generated every race. Fred Samson did a great demo of the latest dashboard and predictive technology in action.
  • Hasso Plattner and Vishal Sikka taking on HANA myths, off real-time retail analysis against massive amounts of data, talking about SAP Lumira and more.


2. Transform Business with Database and Technology Solutions. The inimitable SAP Executive Steve Lucas explains that “SAP HANA is not a database. It’s a platform to transform your business”. Today, enterprise systems involve having to move the data all over the place: from transactions to the data warehouse, to analytics solution and predictive solutions. This is what causes situations like queries that last hours, or the days it takes to close the company books. It’s an “enterprise cut and paste” experience that is expensive and wasteful. According to Lucas, the point of SAP HANA is to “take these technologies, and it combines it into one – you don’t need four separate systems, just one, without moving the data, no enterprise cutting and pasting”.


3. Capture New Business Opportunities with Real-Time Technology. SAP customer Pirelli explains how they use analytics with Cyber Fleet, where embedded sensors in tires continually beam information about tire pressure and temperature. Fleet managers can use this to optimize the running cost of their vehicles and plan preventative maintenance. Pirelli plans to federate all the data from all the different vehicles using SAP HANA in order to offer benchmarking and other services. You can see a copy of the slides here.


4. Achieve Business Tranformation With Best-Practice Analytics. SAP analytics customers Molson Coors and Citigroup share their real-world experiences.


5. Hear How the NBA Offers a Better Gaming Experience with SAP HANA. Ken DeGennaro, VP of NBA IT, explains why SAP HANA beat other approaches from both traditional and NoSQL vendors to be the best choice for the NBA stats site – including support for high concurrency and the ability to update the data with new statistics quickly and easily.


6. Discover and Target The Right Audience. Hear how HSE24, one of Europe’s largest home shopping networks, uses the power of analytics to optimize cross-sell opportunities while customers are still on the phone.


7. Power Up Your Planning and Budgeting Processes with In-Memory Computing. Hear how Colgate Palmolive is using SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver, now powered by SAP HANA, to create dramatic improvements in planning and budgeting.


8. Drive Business Value Using the Latest Business Intelligence Solutions. SAP VP of Business Intelligence Marketing Jason Rose hosted a customer panel with Maidenform, eBay, and LSI, talking about how they are are capitalizing on innovations in BI to quickly build and launch solutions and increase user adoption.


9. Accelerate Finance Transformation with Technology Innovations. SAP Head of Marketing for Enterprise Performance Management David Williams hosted a panel session with HG Heinz, City of Nanaimo, and Goldcorp talking about how they are using technology to transform the role of their finance organizations.


10. Improve Internal Controls with Governance, Risk, and Compliance Solutions. Learn how Southern California Edison’s experiences with SAP solutions for GRC, including using SAP Access Control, SAP Process Control, and SAP Risk Management applications, to improve its internal controls environment.


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